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Officers are investigating two shootings in North Preston in less than 12 hours. ((CBC))

Halifax RCMP have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with a Friday morning shooting in North Preston, N.S.

Officers were called to a house on Cain Street at about 11 a.m. after reports of an exchange of gunfire. A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the RCMP said.

A suspect was arrested without incident at a residence on the same street, said Halifax RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin.

RCMP seized a beige Nissan Maxima — a "vehicle of interest" — at nearby St. Thomas Baptist Church. It had a flat tire and what police said they believe is bullet hole in the rear door.

Officers with dogs were searching the area.

The shooting happened near Nelson Whynder Elementary School, which kept students inside over the lunch hour.

"It's very concerning to us. We're looking, what, 50 feet to a school?" said Taplin. "Very highly populated area … a lot of traffic coming in and out, so it is very concerning to us, especially at the time of day when school's coming in, possibly close to lunch hour."

It's also the same area where a van was struck in a shooting Thursday night. The RCMP said someone fired at a young man around 11 p.m. Thursday as he was walking home. No one was hurt.

Taplin said the police have not ruled out a connection between the two shootings.

North Preston is in the eastern part of Halifax Regional Municipality.